John has been painting professionally for over 40 years. His work possesses an emotive power and vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, colour and a strong sense of design. John’s passion for his work and his open, very informative approach to teaching make him a much sought after tutor. John’s knowledge and enthusiasm will inspire you to produce better paintings in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.
DAY 1 Friday 27 May 2022
Workshop members will be met at Longreach airport for the arrival of the Brisbane flight at 12.05pm and then transferred to the workshop hotel. Longreach is the heart of Outback Queensland and is home to attractions including the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Qantas Founders Museum. This evening the group will meet for welcome drinks and an included dinner.
DAY 2 Saturday 28 May 2022
This morning we visit the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame to discover Australia’s rich pioneering history. There are five themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre – each one depicting an important aspect of our pioneering history. In the afternoon, John will find a great painting location nearby and complete a demonstration. Following this John will assist individual workshop members with their painting.
DAY 3 Sunday 29 May 2022
Longreach is the largest town in central Queensland, and has many beautiful buildings. John will find some great subjects in town for a full day of painting. This evening there will be an included dinner.
DAY 4 Monday 30 May 2022
Today we will have a tour and visit the Qantas Founders museum. The Museum tells the story of Australia’s national airline, from its early days in Outback Queensland to present day. Characters of the early Qantas days, their pioneering spirit and the impact the airline had for all Australians, is brought to life through life size exhibits, historical artefacts and interactive displays including the National Heritage listed Qantas Hangar. In the afternoon John will find a great painting location nearby and complete a demonstration. Following this John will assist individual workshop members with their painting.
DAY 5 Tuesday 31 May 2022
Today’s painting subject will be the Longreach Railway station that was built from 1887 to 1917. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 12 December 2005. This evening we will enjoy a gentle sunset cruise down the majestic Thomson River, where birds flock home to roost on the riverbanks. There are endless photo opportunities and an insightful commentary as you pass natural features before we go ashore for a traditional stockman’s camp-fire dinner. This is the real outback experience with inspiring and humorous traditional entertainment featuring a barefoot bush poet. Next, the bush is illuminated by the Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Picture Show – a unique big-screen presentation featuring the Kinnon family and locals in the amazing adventures of the notorious cattle thief known as ‘Captain Starlight’. Finally in the atmospheric surroundings of the bush at night enjoy the timeless favourite – billy tea and damper.
DAY 6 Wednesday 1 June 2022
Today we travel to Ilfracombe, famous for the Machinery Mile. You will see a wonderful display of machinery, some of it very rare and almost all collected within 100 miles of the town. John will choose some great subjects for today’s painting session.
DAY 7 Thursday 2 June 2022
Today we visit Camden Park Station, an 18,000- acre property just a short drive from town. This historic property has been in the Walker family for 5 generations. See the ‘Dry Bottom’ Chinaman’s well built in the 1920s, visit Swaggies Grave and see the huge solar farm, just one of the recent diversifications undertaken by the family. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Shearing Shed while listening to stories of when royalty came to visit. There will be a painting session in the afternoon. This evening there will be an included dinner.
DAY 8 Friday 3 June 2022
Today we travel from Longreach to Winton, Dinosaur Capital of Australia, home of Waltzing Matilda and abundant in nature, culture and heritage. We visit the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton. Outback Queensland tells the story of Waltzing Matilda, a song that lives in the hearts of all Australians as our unofficial anthem and the first museum in the world dedicated to a song. The museum tells the story of Waltzing Matilda, the Exhibition space tells the story of WW1 and the Art Gallery displays travelling exhibitions. This evening there will be an included dinner.
DAY 9 Saturday 4 June 2022
A full days painting and sightseeing in Winton with John Lovett.
DAY 10 Sunday 5 June 2022
Bladensburg National Park is 84,900ha, impressive flat-topped plateaus and residual sandstone ranges provide a scenic backdrop to vast grassland plains and river flats, river red gums and rocky scarp. It is home to unique birdlife, plants and animals. We will spend the day painting in the National Park. This evening there will be an included dinner.
DAY 11 Monday 6 June 2022
The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils. A working dinosaur museum with the most productive Fossil Preparation Laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere, it is located on 1,800 hectares of spectacular mesa plateau with vast scenery, wildlife and walking trails. After a tour of the Dinosaur museum, there will be a painting session.
DAY 12 Tuesday 7 June 2022
Our final day of painting in Winton. There will be free time in the afternoon to finish of your work and there be a final critique session followed by an included dinner.
DAY 13 Wednesday 8 June 2022
This morning we will say farewell to Winton and transfer back to Longreach airport to meet the Brisbane flight departing at 2.35pm.
|TWIN FARE PER PERSON||SINGLE FARE|
|NON PAINTER DISCOUNT||AU$ 250|
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